|Resident frog in the wash station|
September is almost upon us. Even with todays temperatures hovering around 90 degrees it feels like fall is just around the corner. There are signs of it all over the farm. The peppers are beginning to turn from green to red, the winter squash is ready to harvest, the Canada Geese are using the farm as a stop over as they migrate north (Banjo and I spent some time this morning chasing them out of the chard) and the many species of hawks that call Powisset home are busy chasing our robust mole population.
Another sure sign that fall is on is it's way was the departure of several of our field crew members last week. We wish them the best as they head off to enjoy their fall semesters at universities around New England. We have shared a summer full of sweet treats (so many popsicles) as well as many laughs. I will miss all of the crew members who we have recently said goodbye to. They have given so much to the farm community.
The ten day forecast promises a continuation of the hot dry weather we have experienced all summer. At some point fall will take hold. The frost and hopefully the rains will come. We are nearly finished putting plants in the ground for the season. Soon the greenhouse will be cleared of transplants in order to be filled up with winter squash, shallots, onions, and sweet potatoes. These crops need a few days of intense dry heat to help harden their skins and sweeten their flesh for winter storage. Autumn may be my favorite season. The frantic peak of the season is slipping past. We are entering a more rhythmic time. Most of our hours will be dedicated to harvesting and cover cropping our fields to get them ready for next year.
|Annie cultivating broccoli|
In this weeks share:
Zannah,on behalf of the farm crew